30 September 2012

Nigeria: Bring On France - Flamingoes

Photo: Leadership
Nigeria's Under-17 women's soccer team, the Flamingoes.

Coach of the National U-17 Women team, Peter Dedevbo has said his side was ready for the quarter-final tie against France in the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Azerbaijan.

The Nigerian side proceeded to the quarter finals after seeing off Colombia in their final group match on Saturday.

The team's Media Officer, Gracious Akujobi said he assured that his girls understands the technicalities of this stage and were ready to progress to the semi finals.

"This is the knockout stage and my girls understand the technicalities when we take on France. I want my girls to convert all the chances they create as this will be crucial. From this stage onwards we will play each match as it comes, one game at a time" he was quoted as saying.

Surpassing 2010

"After the quarter-final ouster in Trinidad and Tobago in 2010, this team has made tremendous progress and I'm particularly happy with my attackers' performance who I believe will continue to give us the goals."

Akujobi revealed that scorer of the brace against Colombia, Halimat Ayinde who was also in the 2010 squad assured that the hoodoo of that year has since been buried and the team is looking forward to get to the finals and win the cup.

"I am happy I scored those two goals against Colombia for my team. It's every attackers delight to score goals. I'm equally grateful to God for helping me score the goals".

"I am not afraid of France; yes we got eliminated at the quarter-final stage at the last World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago but I believe in myself and the girls that we will make it into the semi finals this time. We have come a long way and we are not going to look back", Ayinde was quoted as saying.

The team captain, Victoria Aidelomon, who was part of the squad two years ago said that she was excited to have made it to the quarter finals again but she believes her team will qualify for the semis at the expense of France.

"I'm excited we have once again qualified for the quarter finals. What happened two years ago is now history because I believe France are beatable. By the grace of God and the prayers and support of Nigerians both here and back home, I believe we will beat France."

The team resumed training yesterday after resting in the morning.

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